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Skiers and snowboarders seeking out a stash of fresh powder should head to the higher slopes or north to British Columbia in the days ahead.

Look for a slight break in the active weather pattern through early Friday with just light snow or rain showers. Another much stronger front moves across the state late Friday causing stormy conditions and a freezing level rising to between 4,500 and 7,000 feet.

Showers taper off early Saturday before another round of moderate precipitation and rising freezing levels follow soon after. Then a cooler upper trough arrives Sunday to Monday ushering in light snowfall at times and a lower snow level, from 2,500 to 3,500 feet.

Expected snowfall totals through Sunday:

  • Mount Baker, 5-9 inches of new snow (500.5 inches for the season).
  • Summit at Snoqualmie, no new in most areas, but some on top of Alpental (339).
  • Stevens Pass, 2-4 (344).
  • Crystal Mountain, 7-14 (424).
  • White Pass, trace to 1 inch (295-349).
  • Whistler-Blackcomb, 16-28 (362).
  • Mount Bachelor, 1-7 (364.5-374).
Matt Sommer of Seattle finds a fresh stash of powder in the Southback area at Crystal Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of Matt Gallagher.
Matt Sommer of Seattle finds a fresh stash of powder in the Southback area at Crystal Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of Matt Gallagher.

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At Mount Rainier National Park the road to Paradise at Longmire will have extended hours (weather conditions permitting), and open weekends from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. with uphill gate closing at 8 p.m. On weekdays the road will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and uphill gate closing at 5 p.m. Traction tires advised on Thursday, and all vehicles are required to carry chains.

The snow-play sliding hill at Paradise will remain open through March 27 as conditions allow. Ranger-guided 1.8-mile snowshoe walks are available Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through March 27 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. outside of the Jackson Visitor Center.

Winter backcountry, camping is available with a permit required. Be sure to check the website for road conditions and restrictions before heading up. Through Thursday, Paradise was covered with 108.3 inches of snow. For updates, go to

At Methow Trails in the Methow Valley expect springlike cross-country ski conditions. Freshly groomed trails can be found at Sun Mountain, Winthrop and Mazama. Glide wax of choice is Toko red/yellow mix or Swix 8; grip wax for classic skiing with varying conditions by trail location; and no-wax skis are always an option.

Elsewhere, cross-country skiers will find a mixed bag of conditions at Lake Wenatchee State Park; Echo Ridge; Salmon La Sac Sno-Park; Iron Horse Trail; Lake Easton Sno-Park; and the Cabin Creek area off I-90.

Deep powder days on the hills at Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia. Photo courtesy of Whistler-Blackcomb Resort.
Deep powder days on the hills at Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia. Photo courtesy of Whistler-Blackcomb Resort.

Snow updates around the region:

Oregon: Mount Bachelor, 100-130 inch base; Timberline, 115; Mount Hood Meadows, 98-182; Mount Ashland, 64-118; Hoodoo, 53; Willamette Pass, 38-100; and Mount Hood Ski Bowl, 32-37. Cooper Spur, 24, and Anthony Lakes, 68, will reopen this weekend.

Idaho: Sun Valley, 43-68; Brundage, 61-96; Tamarack, 38-80; Schweitzer, 56-105; Lookout Pass, 65-106; Bogus Basin, 52; Kelly Canyon, 20-33; Pebble Creek, 20-52; and Silver Mountain, 60-70.

Montana: Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, with 96-inch base, and 262 inches this season. A total of 105 trails and 10 lifts are operating, with night skiing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

British Columbia: Whistler-Blackcomb, 111; Cypress, 143; Mount Washington, 104-146; Whitewater, 116-117; Manning Park, 65-95; Big White, 110; Revelstoke, 28-101; Fernie, 53-128; Mount Seymour, 66-135; Red Mountain, 102; Grouse Mountain, 76-118; Kicking Horse, 37-72; Apex, 88; Silver Star, 70-91; Sun Peaks, 81-89; Panorama, 26-55; and Kimberley, 48.

Upcoming events

The Crystal Mountain Resort Silver King IFSA Junior Freeride National competition is Friday through Sunday. Come see the top juniors from around the country take on the steep hillsides to earn their place on the podium. Finals are scheduled Sunday on Silver King peak. Details:

The White Pass Winter Carnival is Saturday and Sunday. The event features a snow castle, live music, fireworks, kids carnival, snow-sports competition, poker run for kids and adults, and a Saturday night dinner special. Details:

The Whistler-Blackcomb Resort World Ski and Snowboard Festival is April 8-17. The free Fire and Ice Show is held every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Whistler Village base between Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas. The show features a mix of music with skiers and snowboarders showing off their acrobatic jumping through rings of fire. The Discover Whistler Days offer a 25 percent discount on select adult, youth and kids group lessons through March 11; and April 9-17. Details:

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Fri and Mon-March 11 75 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Mon-March 12: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm 75 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Fri and Mon-March 11 75 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sun: 9am-3pm; closed Mon-Thu. Tubing center Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Thu 75 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Thu: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon; Tue-Wed: 9am-4pm 98-134 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm 146-178 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm 65-114 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Fri-Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-6pm; Mon-Thu: 9am-4pm 84-117 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is open Thu-Sun 77-112 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Fri-Sun: 9am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 8pm; Mon: operation TBD; closed Tue-Wed 48-66 inches

49° North Mountain Open: Fri-Sun and Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm; closed Wed-Thu 82-127 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Fri-Sat and Wed: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 45-88 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Fri-Sun and Thu: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Wed 69-93 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 111 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 100-130 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: Icicle River trail open, other trails closed; tubing open Sat; ski hill Fri: 3pm-8pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5pm 18 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 21 trails groomed March 2-3 at Mazama; 19 at Rendezvous; 20 at Sun Mountain; and 13 at Winthrop 26 inches